Boombox Caerdydd invites you to celebrate Cardiff's legendary people and legendary places this spring
As the capital of Wales, Cardiff is a legendary place. From its iconic Principality Stadium and National Assembly of Wales, to the renowned Wales Millennium Centre and Cardiff Castle, it's a city famous for its friendly cwtch and warm Welsh welcome.
As we celebrate Visit Wales' Year of Legends in 20176, RSPB Cymru, the City of Cardiff Council and Migrations invite you to celebrate the legendary wild places of Cardiff by dancing in the capital's fantastic green spaces. In collaboration with American artist Ely Kim5, Boombox Caerdydd1 will see 100 people being filmed dancing to their favourite music in their favourite green space in the city - celebrating and expressing their connection to nature and the places they enjoy it most. Project Manager for RSPB Cymru's Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff, Carolyn Robertson, said: "Since 2014 Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff2 has engaged over 20,000 people with Cardiff's fantastic wildlife. But with over 400 green spaces in the city, Boombox Caerdydd is the perfect opportunity for the people of Cardiff to put the spotlight on the spaces that mean something to them - celebrating the places and people that put our legendary city on the map."
From our breathtaking Bute Park shaped by landscaping legend Andrew Pettigrew, to Flat Holm - the city's wild island in the estuary and base for Marconi's legendary wireless transmission - Cardiff offers a whole host of iconic places where you can dance in the wild. You could commemorate our mythical bluebird by dancing in the grounds of Cardiff's City Stadium, or in Gorsedd Gardens alongside political legend David Lloyd George. Or perhaps you'd like to honour the mythical Green Man in Thompson's Park and celebrate the rebirth of nature this spring? The choice is yours. All you need to do is tell us your favourite green space and the track you'd like to dance to and we'll do the rest. Artistic Director of Migrations, Karine Décorne, said: "The beauty of Boombox Caerdydd is that you don't need to be a professional dancer to get involved, anyone and everyone, young or old, can take part - it's all about putting on your dancing shoes and having fun. So far we've been busy filming some iconic Cardiff residents over the winter for Boombox but as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, we're excited to honour our city's wild spaces as they boom this spring."
Boombox Caerdydd follows the success of Boombox Eryri in north Wales, which saw 100 people dancing to their favourite songs in 100 places across Snowdonia. The resulting short film for Boombox Caerdydd will be showcased later this year in Cardiff to honour the city's communities and wild spaces.
Conservation Officer for the City of Cardiff Council, Nicola Hutchinson, said: "Cardiff has many legends, from our beautiful parks and green spaces to our sporting heroes and cultural icons. We're lucky to live in a city that's full of iconic people that help to make Cardiff unique. Our Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff project is helping to connect thousands of people with nature across the city and through Boombox Caerdydd we want to celebrate the people that help make Cardiff legendary - honouring both our historic places and our modern day greats."
If you fancy putting on your dancing shoes and being a part of Boombox Caerdydd we would love to hear from you. Please visit http://migrations.uk/Boombox+Cardiff to sign up for free and to watch a short preview.
1. Boombox Caerdydd is a collaboration with USA artist Ely Kim where we will film 100 people dancing to their favourite music in the favourite green spaces in Cardiff. The resulting film will be a celebration of dancing, wild Cardiff and its communities and will be screened at a special public launch in the city in summer 2017. Anyone and everyone, young or old, who lives, works or plays in Cardiff can get involved. You don't have to be a professional dancer and no previous experience is required. To register or for further information please visit http://migrations.uk/Boombox+Cardiff
2. Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is RSPB Cymru's flagship project delivered in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council and BugLife Cymru, funded by the Big Lottery Fund until 2022. The project has engaged over 20,000 children and their families across Cardiff with wildlife; encouraging them to connect with the nature on their doorstep and take action to support it. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations. www.rspb.org.uk
3. Founded in 2004, Migrations brings international contemporary arts to Wales while developing innovative collaborations, commissions and partnerships in Wales and further afield. Projects have included performances, exhibitions, screenings and workshops. The Artistic Director is Karine Décorne. Migrations is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. www.migrations.uk
4. The City of Cardiff Council is responsible for providing over 700 services to the 352,000 residents of the capital of Wales every year. Its Corporate Plan sets out what the Council will do, and how it will work with partners from the public, private and third sector to deliver our vision of becoming Europe's most liveable capital city. www.cardiff.gov.uk
5. Ely Kim is an Arts Director based in Brooklyn, New York. In his own words, his greatest influences are "growing up in Las Vegas, puppies and crystals!" In his original Boombox, Ely filmed himself dancing secretly in 100 places over 100 days. http://www.welikehim.com
6. The Welsh Government billed 2016 as the Year of Adventure in Wales, part of a wider tourism drive which will sees 2017 celebrated as the Year of Legends and 2018 as Year of the Sea. www.visitwales.com